|Date:||04 Apr 2015|
|Comments:||A perfect day for The Compton Downland Challenge; a multi-terrain race over either twenty or forty miles based at The Downs School in Compton.
An interesting and scenic route over the rolling Berkshire Downs, making use of tracks, trails, footpaths and a few roads between the villages of this part of North Berkshire, with a few steep (i.e. only walkable) hills thrown in for good measure. One particularly good viewpoint was from the hills above Streatley looking down over the sweep of the Thames past Goring.
Weather conditions were good during the race; overcast with sunny intervals, but with some cold gusts. Underfoot, conditions were difficult with the overnight rain causing the going to be soft and slippery.
This was the nineteenth running of this ambitious event, and Compton Harriers organise it marvellously – particularly impressive for a club of their size.
Regular refuelling stops included snacks (bananas, peanuts & chocolate) as well as drinks.
Hot showers at the finish were very welcome as was the refuelling meal (of sausage, chips and beans followed by rice pudding) in the school canteen.
An excellent performance by Matthew to be fourth man home in the 40 mile (two lap) race.
|Previous HRR results:||2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017|